The Award 2019 – FAQ & tips

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Who can participate ?

All the artists making contemporary art jewelery, independent on their experience or diploma.

I’m a newbie, can I send my application ?

Of course, award is open to all, newbies and confirmed. We never ask about experience or curriculum vitae in our calls for projects. You will only have to send your pics & statement.

Group applications are allowed ? Brands are allowed ?

No. Just individual applications and with artist name. No brands or nicknames allowed.

Is this the last time you do the Legacy Award ?

Using this format, yes.

I would like to submit one work that is composed by several parts (ex. rings). They all are connected and it is important that the pieces are seen together. Is it possible to submit this group of five rings as one work ?

Yes, you can submit a work composed of different elements.

When and how the works are returned to the artist ? Will I have the return done quickly ?

Works selected will not be returned as they are automatically acquired to the Legacy collection and donated to the Museum selected.

Can I send my application other than by the form ? can I send it by email? Or via WeTransfer, dropbox, etc ?

No. The only way to send the application is using our form, in our website. This guarantee we have all necessary information we need to consider correctly your application. Don’t forget to read carefully the instructions concerning the pictures : format, size, resolution, name, caption, statement, etc … If these instructions are not respected, application will be discarded.

Can I apply twice ? I mean, I got wrong and I would like to amend my application ?

No, we will only accept the first application. Please be careful and accurate with your send your application.

I want to present 2 works, am I obliged to send a unique application with all the works ? or can I send several application with 1 work each ?

Only a unique application is allowed. This means if you want to present 2 works, they must be included in a unique application.

I do not know if I will finish the works for the application, can I send a draft ?

No, only finished works will be considered.

About the statement, why to write only in English ? Why texts are limited in number of characters ?

Why text must be in English ? Because if you are selected, these texts will be used for the 3rd edition catalog and virtual media. Having all texts directly in English from the artists give a consistency to the whole and respects the concept of each artist. The limitation of characters is also to give a consistency between all texts.

All informations in the « caption » are mandatory ? Do I have to follow the indications (line 1, line 2, etc …) or can I put captions however I want ? Why ? What happens if I don’t do it this way ?

Indeed, all captions indicated in the application form are mandatory, and in the way it is indicated :

line 1 : jewel type, title, year
line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
line 3 : techniques used
line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

Only the 4th line is optional, if you don’t need to inform about the copyright of the picture.

Why all this ? To be sure information of all artists is formated the same way for the communication. If info is not sent this way and in this order, application may be not considered.

What does it mean exactly condition #6 and specially « Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the ARTIST is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions. » ?

This condition means exactly that you allow us to use the picture and text you have sent in the application to promote this exhibition and in future communications (first sentence).

Second sentence (« Assignment of the right of media reproduction granted by the ARTIST is non-exclusive, non-transferable, unlimited territory for the distribution of reproductions. ») means that in any case, ARTIST remains the owner of the picture (non-transferable) but he/she allows us to use it for communication & promotion purposes (non-exclusive).

How to know if the quality of my pics is good ?

First, your works should be photographed on a neutral, preferably white background with good lighting (avoid the flash). Be sure to choose the good lighting mode on the mode of shooting your device to avoid wrong pictures. Most cameras or photo software will tell you the size of your photo and the number of pixels (dpi) – you can find this information in the image properties. To send your application, a definition of 75 dpi and a size photos of 2000x2000px is largely sufficient. If, despite these adjustments, your photo is too heavy (more than 500 kb), you can easily reduce it using your usual software image or a simple program like Paint (« resize » and « percentage »).

Why to pay a fee to send an application ? How to pay the application fee ?

ALLIAGES receives no subsidy or financial support of any kind, and the work organization and promotion is extremely expensive. This is the reason why we ask for a modest participation to apply, and all the money collected with the application fees is used to promote the contemporary art jewelery artists. How to pay the application fee ? Once you will have filled correctly the application form, you will be redirected to the payment page. This will connect you to the Paypal interface, where you will be able to pay with your paypal account or any credit card.

Didn’t pay immediately and lost payment page. How can I have the page ?

If you closed accidentally the payment page, the link is : https://alliages.org/call-for-project-application-payment/

How to pack my works ? Can I send my pieces by mail-post ? Where do I have to send my works if I’m selected ?

Of course you can send by mail-post, just bear in mind that concept « fragile » does not exist in mail-post, or is not always respected. When sending your package by mail or by carrier, it is better to take some precautions. This way your items will arrive in perfect condition to Alliages. The use of cardboard boxes, solid and in perfect condition is obviously essential. The ideal is to protect the work sent with bubble wrap in several layers and then to also provide a padding of the box either with bubble wrap or with flakes. Works have to be sent to ALLIAGES headquarters (Lille, France).

What happens if work selected and sent to Alliages does not fit the selection criteria ?

It could happen that we select a work and once received, this work does not fit with our selection criteria. This has happened a very few times and basically because technical or construction issues. In this case, work(s) will not be shown in the exhibition.


PIC TIPS

Format

You can send pictures in 1:1 (squared) or 4/3 formats. However, if work allows, we prefer 1:1 one. Your works should be photographed on a white background with good lighting (avoid the flash). Be sure to choose the good lighting mode on the mode of shooting your device to avoid wrong pictures. Be sure work is well centered in the picture.

Size / Resolution / Extension

For the normal resolution pics, a good size is 2000x2000px . Resolution of 75dpi with a jpg | jpeg file with 85% quality can be enough to fit the size required. If file doesn’t fit the size, decrease the number of pixels, dpi or jpeg quality to fit to the required size.

For the High Quality pics, 300dpi and a size of 3000x5000px is mandatory.

Views

For each work presented, you must send a second view (ex. up/down or front/back) in the low quality pics. This will help us to better see your work. For brooches & pendants, we recommend to send front & back.

Naming

Picture files must be named this way :

<YourName>-<Title>-x where « x » is the view

Example :
– your name is « Peter Smith »
– Title of the work is « Black Hole »
– You send 2 views

Your files must be named like this :

PeterSmith-BlackHoles-1.jpg & PeterSmith-BlackHoles-2.jpg

To separate Name/Title/x you can use dash (« -‘), underscore (« _ ») or point (« . »)

Do not use spaces inside the name of the pic !

Captions

Captions must be like this :
line 1 : jewel type, title, year
line 2 : materials used, dimensions (specify Unit of Measure)
line 3 : techniques used
line 4 : name photographer/© picture (if any)

The only optional line is the 4th line, if you don’t need to inform about the copyright of the pic.


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